Presented on May 17, 2003, at the monthly general meeting of the Eastbay Astronomical Society
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Discovered 1992 June 3
Named in honor of Jane Houston Jones (b.1952) and Morris Jones (b.1957),
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A text reproduction follows.
United States Department of the InteriorU.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Branch of Astrogeology
May 9, 2003
Dear Jane and Morris,
When Don Stone brought your names to my attention and David Levy told me of your contributions to astronomy, it became obvious that you should have an asteroid named for you.
(22338) Janemojo (an unforgettable sort of name) was first found in June of 1992, as indicated by its temporary designation of 1992 LE. The LE refers to the month and the time of the month and the order in which it was found. For us using an 18-inch telescope and film, it was a rather big and bright asteroid as shown by the magnitude of 13.6. It is indeed about 5 km in diameter — when you consider that impact scientists hold anything more than 1 km in size to be capable of inflicting huge damage to our earth if the two collided, then you know that a 5 km body is not insignificant. However, although Janemojo has a rather high inclination, it is on a well-behaved orbit between Mars and Jupiter and should continue on its path through the heavens long after we're gone.
I hope you will have the opportunity to observe this asteroid; I doubt that you'll see it in your sidewalk observations, but perhaps you can use a larger telescope to find it when it comes into opposition. As a large rock or mountain in the sky, (22338) is a piece of real estate requiring no tax payments and no maintenance, but it would surely be fun to visit. Please enjoy knowing that it is there with your names on it.
With admiration and my best regards,
Ephemeris and orbit request form from the Minor Planet Center of the IAU
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